This article was published on July 21st, 2014
High intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is one of the best ways to burn fat. HIIT is a repetitive cardio exercise designed to quickly bring up your heart rate, followed by a period of rest to bring it back down. Repeating this over and over burns fat at an incredible rate and much faster that longer periods of cardio at a constant pace.
HIIT is most successful on shorter interval times. For example, sprinting for 30 seconds or one minute, and walking for the equal amount of time, and then repeating again. It takes a minimum of 15 repetitions for HIIT to be effective and is ideal to do 30 repetitions. In fact, two weeks of HIIT has the same aerobic capacity result as six weeks of endurance training, and recent research has shown more progress in 15 minutes of HITT three times a week, compared to someone running at a steady pace on a treadmill for an hour.
It is important to push yourself to your limits when doing interval training. It’s where the biggest success leaps come from. At the end of each interval it should feel like your heart is about to jump out of your chest.
HIIT is also the preferred cardio routine of choice for people who are looking to bulk up or maintain muscles. This is because the weight loss comes from fat stores, not from the muscle breaking down. HIIT also releases important human growth hormones, which help the body recover faster and build stronger muscles, which slows down the aging process.
Biking, swimming, running, skipping, rowing and any other type of cardio exercise can all incorporate HIIT training. You’ll feel amazing and see results in a matter of weeks.
Remember, check with your doctor before you start a new and aggressive workout routine.